|Bigger, badder... and this time its personal. Another sequel in my series of smart recent movies to rent during summer's days of movie infamy.
The Butcher Boy Neil (The Crying Game) Jordan turns the standard triumph-of- the-Irish-spirit movie violently upside down, with this tale of a poor, unlucky lad whose front of cheerful Irish pluck isnt Angelas Ashes... so much as Norman Bates.
The Dreamlife of Angels Beautifully acted French slice of ultrarealism about two working class girls who become friends; one seems grounded, the other flaky and desperatebut first impressions prove deceiving.
The Iron Giant In the Cold War 50s, a boy findsand has to protect from paranoid grownupsa 60-foot robot. Funny and surprisingly moving cartoon fable, from a lead animator on The Simpsons, that plays like a hipster version of E.T.
Female Perversions Heres something you dont see at the multiplex every day: a drama adapted from a work of feminist theory (or at least its title). Not without pretensions, but with some keen insights into being of a superwoman in a mans worldand starring the best English actress youve never heard of, Tilda Swinton.
The Woman Chaser Amusingly cynical film noir, set in the 50s and shot in b&w to a soundtrack of lounge music, about a hardnosed LA car salesman (the Adam West-voiced Patrick Warburton) who gets bitten by the moviemaking bug in the worst way.
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